2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    
    May 30, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History Major


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Art History Overview


The art history program focuses on the visual arts and the social, cultural and historical context in which art is created. Majors may take courses in Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque, and Modern art history or other areas. For those considering teaching, museum and gallery work, arts conservation or arts management, the major is designed to meet the student’s needs and may include an internship at an appropriate institution.

 

For more information, please visit the Art History Program’s website.

Major Requirements


A total of 14 courses are required, 10 of which are art history courses. Students must earn a grade of C+ or better in all courses contributing to the Art History Major.

Students who are seriously considering the major in art history are encouraged to take ARTH 010 in either their first year or sophomore year. Because many of our majors study abroad in their junior year, we prefer that majors complete ARTH 010 before the junior year. Students are encouraged to take 100-level courses in Art History at any time in their college career. 200-level seminars are most appropriate for second-semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors, although highly motivated students at any level are welcome. The capstone course, ARTH 210, is open to senior majors only.

 

I. Art History courses:


B. 8 Area Courses:


Courses are offered in the following areas: Ancient; Renaissance/ Baroque; Modern; Non-Western. Students must take at least 2 courses in each of these areas, and a total of 3 courses must be at the 200 level.

II. Related courses:


4 courses in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, of which 2 must be in studio art. These courses should be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Double Majors


Because of its interdisciplinary nature, students may wish to double major in art history and another discipline. In such cases, the number of required courses is reduced to 11, normally consisting of 8 art history courses and 3 Visual and Performing Arts courses (students must earn a grade of C+ or better in all courses contributing to the Art History Major). It is configured as follows:

I. Art History courses:


6 Area Courses:


Students must take at least 1 course in each of the 4 areas (listed above), and a total of 3 courses must be at the 200 level.

II. Related Courses:


3 courses in the Visual and Performing Arts Department, of which 1 must be in studio art.

Honors


Requires the 14 courses for the art-history major, including two sections of ARTH 297  (Honors in Art History), to be completed in the fall and spring of the senior year. Students wishing to take honors in art history should identify an area of interest, choose an appropriate advisor, and apply for eligibility to the art history faculty before April 1 of their junior year. See the course description under ARTH 297  Honors in Art History, for details.

Art History Faculty


John Garton, Ph.D.
Rhys Townsend, Ph.D.
Kristina Wilson, Ph.D. - Director

Art History Courses


Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years

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